On the weekends, I read the paper. In case you think that is why I am so worldly, I must confess I only read the Lifestyle section. But I do read it, all the way through, so that has to count for something, right?
So, anyway, I'm reading the syndicated column called Parenting, by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Joshua Sparrow. A mother is writing in because she is concerned that her pregnant daughter has 3 cats. 3 cats who have been the center of her daughter's life and are a little spoiled. She is concerned that the cats will be jealous of the baby.
The doctors begin their answer by talking about toxoplasma. The list some of the precautions that must be taken. So far, so good.
Then they address the issue of jealousy. Now, I agree the cats may be jealous, but there are ways to handle it. I suspect that there are lots and lots of people who have babies and cats. Of course you would never leave a baby alone with a cat, but really, you shouldn't leave a baby alone with any animal. Do the good doctor's give that kind of rational advice?? No! This is their response:
"Some cats will seek out the babies' mouths to smother them. It may sound heartless, but it would be better for the baby if your daughter would rid herself of the cats."
If they had worded this a different way. If they had said that cats like to cuddle and sleep on people and that they might accidentally lay on a babies' face, so you should be cautious. I would be okay with that. But to actually say that the cats are going to seek out the babies' mouth with the intention of smothering the baby, sounds ridiculous to me.